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Good News - April 2018

The Dave-I’m-Stealing-Your-Title Article

Woodlane Community, welcome to the workings of my brain during the insanity we call Holy Week. I want to give you a preview of what’s coming up for our Easter worship series, as it has played out in so many ways during the weeks previous – “Life in (ad)HD”.

This is a series on focus. This is a series on how we wade through not the information age that everybody tends to call it, but the attention deficit age. A few months ago, as I started working with the web developer on redesigning our website, I reminded myself of a scary truth – the site has seven (7) seconds to catch somebody’s attention before they will leave. I learned that fact about 4 years ago. Today, that time has probably dropped by a few seconds.

So how do we keep sane in a world where everything is screaming for our attention? That’s what this series is going to address, so forgive me if I recycle some of these lines during the next month (consider this your spoiler alert!). Here’s a few tips.

1)      Put your phone on Do Not Disturb. If you don’t have a cell phone, unplug your landline (same thing). I have been studying the techniques of a “superlearner” lately, and he recently told the story how he accidentally forgot to disable the “do not disturb” function on his phone one day. He got more done in that 8 hours than he did the entire previous week. I’ve seen similar results myself. Right now, I have the door closed, my noise cancelling headphones cranking out my writing music, and I even shut off the third monitor on my desk (gasp!). And even with a special keyboard, I can’t type fast enough to get all the ideas out!

2)      Try working on one thing for 20-30 minutes, and then give yourself a break. That means one…1…numero uno…thing. It’s been said that any time we move between tasks, it can take up to 15 minutes to get back in the groove of whatever we are doing. Multiply that 15 minutes by however many times ANYTHING interrupts you, and you can quickly see how time gets away and we feel like we don’t get anything done. Focus intensely on that one task for a short period, give yourself a break, and repeat.

3)      Recognize that some things will require extra-long focus. For instance, I can’t write a sermon in 25 minutes (maybe one section). But when Thursday afternoon arrives and I know I need to get it done, I have to separate myself for 2-3 hours, focus deeply, and crank it out. You may have a project or task that will require the same block of time. Try to set up that time, so you can get it all done at once.

I hope this gives you something to chew on. Want some more ideas? Hang with us on Sunday mornings during April. There’s lots to come!

Happy Easter!

Pastor Brian

 

 

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Wake Up Call Who Is Like God? (1/4) Micah 1:1-7
Good News For Sale Who Is Like God? (2/4) Micah 3:1-12
Who Are You Again? Who Is Like God? (3/4) Micah 4:6-5:5a
God Like No Other Who Is Like God? (4/4) Micah 7:14-20
     
First Things First Thanksgiving Psalm 50:1-15, 23
Lead By The Head Christ the King Sunday Ephesians 1:15–23
     
Matter-ing TGI Monday (1/6) Matthew 28:1-10
God's Superhighway TGI Monday (2/6) Matthew 22:34-40
As Is, Just As TGI Monday (3/6) Luke 19:1-10
Authentic Living TGI Monday (4/6) Genesis 1-2
How Not To Be A Christian At Work TGI Monday (5/6) 1 Peter 3:13-16
Kingdom Platform TGI Monday (6/6) Colossians 3:12-25
       
Remembering Your First Love Seeking God (1/10) Hosea 10, 11, 14
Grabbing a Slice Seeking God (2/10) 1 Chronicles 12, 16, John 13
The Truth About The Truth Seeking God (3/10) 1 John 1:5-10
No More Seeking God (4/10) John 8:2-11
God's Glue Seeking God (5/10) Ephesians 2:1-9
Getting Ready Seeking God (6/10) 1 Peter 1:13-21
Love's Acid Test Seeking God (7/10) John 14:15-24
We're Good Seeking God (8/10) 1 John 4:5-21
A Prisoner Freed Seeking God (9/10) Matthew 18:21-35
Light Power Seeking God (10/10) Galatians 5:16-26
     
Promise Keeper Refuel (1/5) John 14:18-31
John 16:4-15
Cosmic Math Refuel (2/5) Mark 1:1-11
Fruity Living Refuel (3/5) Galatians 5:16-26
Step One Refuel (4/5) John 3:1-16
Set Apart Refuel (5/5) Romans 8:1-11
     
Fear Not  Unshakeable (1/6) Matthew 28:1-10
On Your Feet Unshakeable (2/6) John 21:1-19
I Have This Hope
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Unshakeable (3/6) 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
The Most Perfect Imperfect Prayer Unshakeable (4/6) Mark 9:14-29
God's Job Description Unshakeable (5/6) Exodus 3:1-15
Confidence In The Chaos Unshakeable (6/6) John 16:25-33

Going Deeper

These questions and actions are designed to help you find ways to take Sunday’s Scripture out into the world as the hands and feet of Christ. 

Making You Think

·         How are trust and courage expressed in the Pentecost story of Acts 2?

·         Described a time in your life where you have experienced or felt God’s presence in a real way, personal to you?

·         In what ways do you see your church growing?

 

Memory Verse

Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.
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Ezekiel 37:5 (NRSV)

Next Steps

What would you do with your faith this week if you knew the God who could raise the dead was empowering you to do it? Guess what? It’s true!

 

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RCA - our denominational site
GotQuestions - great apologetics site

Bible Gateway - online Bibles
Blue Letter Bible - online Bibles + commentaries
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OnePlace - audio sermons

Logos - Pastor Brian's choice of Bible software
e-sword - free Bible software






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